this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at 11pm: after the collapse of carillion and with uncertainty for thousands of workers, ministers have ordered an urgent investigation, into the actions of the compa ny‘s directors. a couple in california have been charged with torture, after police found their 13 children being held captive in the family home, some chained to their beds. being 17 years old and appearing to bea being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10—year old. being chained to a dead bed, being malnourished and injuries associated with that. i would call that torture. donald trump has been advised by the white house doctor to eat a lower fat diet and take more exercise. however, doctor ronny jackson said the president was generally in excellent health and had performed well on cognitive tests. president macron of france is expected to ask britain to take in more migrants from calais, and increase funding
for border security. and on newsnight, brexit is back after the new year break, they debated it in the commons today even if one mp did visibly fall asleep in proceeding. we hear from if one mp did visibly fall asleep in proceeding. we hearfrom the backbench tory brexit supporter, jacob rees—mogg, does he support a squiggy brexit? good evening and welcome to bbc news. business secretary greg clark has met union leaders tonight to discuss the future of thousands of workers and firms after the collapse of construction giant carillion. the firm went into liquidation yesterday and ministers have ordered a fast—track investigation into the firm's directors. labour wants an independent assessment of what's happened, and of the potential costs facing the taxpayer. 0ne expert estimates that 30,000 companies are owed money by carillion. our business editor simonjack reports. just how many workers for carillion
and its subcontractors will be leaving their current jobs for good? carillion owes andy bradley £1 million, £1 million he doesn't expect to get paid. 0utside his office, two chairs are now empty, two of 11 staff he's already let go. it's devastating. these are people i've known for years and years. they've been loyal, hard—working individuals, helped get the business to where it is today. 0ne ladyjust, i don't know if you, just as you arrived, she came in, we had to let her go. she left in tears. he says the government's decision to keep faith with carillion after multiple profit warnings sent the wrong message. contract after contract after contract they awarded them billions of pounds of public sector contracts. so the message that's given the sme sector is — the government must have done its due diligence.
carillion must be a sound business to work for. that confusion is turning to anger, particularly at former bosses, like richard howson, who left carillion after the first profit warning in july 2017. he took home £1.5 million in 2016 and is due to receive a £660,000 salary until october. keith cochrane took over the reins in september on a salary of £750,000. and tough questions for the finance director, zafar khan, who was looking after the compa ny‘s accounts when the crisis hit. it's gone under. 20,000 jobs are directly at risk. a large number of supply chain jobs are at risk, those people who worked so hard over christmas on carillion—based rail contracts, i'm not sure they've been paid. the directors have done very well out of carillion, and the chief executive has had a massive payoff. some of the city's accounting firms also find their way into this story. kpmg prepared the financial reports
that directors used to give carillion a clean bill of health four months before a massive profit warning. we also find from this document a witness statement from the acting chief executive — they were updating the government every week on the financial condition of the company and, by the end, pwc refused to become administrators for fear there wasn't enough cash to pay their fees. earlier in the day, the government promised a fast track investigation into the compa ny‘s collapse. it's also vital that we look back and find out what went wrong. i know that the business secretary, greg clarke, is going to make sure that no stone is left unturned in order to establish just where responsibility lies for the collapse of the company. union bosses met with the business secretary tonight to turn over a few stones of their own, so what did they find? there are a lack of confidence not only amongst workers, indeed amongst many medium, small family businesses, who rely on these contracts and,
frankly, don't know whether they're going to get paid from one week to the next. so we'll see where that takes us. the cranes at this carillion site in smethwick were becalmed this evening, but the construction industry is in turmoil. a couple in california have been charged with torture and child endangerment, after their 13 children were allegedly held captive in the family home. the brothers and sisters, aged between two and 29, were found to be dirty and emaciated, with some chained to their beds. 0ur north america correspondent james cook reports from southern california. in public, they looked like a big happy family, devoutly christian. renewing their wedding vows in las vegas, david and louise turpin played the part of proud parents. but in private, say police, the turpins had a dark secret. before dawn on sunday, a 17—year—old girl escaped from this
house through a window. she had taken a deactivated mobile phone and managed to use it to call police. inside, officers found her 12 brothers and sisters, dirty and malnourished. three were shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks. the home dark and foul smelling. i wish i could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened. but we do need to acknowledge the courage of the young girl who escaped from that residence to bring attention, so they could get the help they so needed. neighbours say the turpins were originally from west virginia. the father was an engineer on a good salary but had twice declared bankruptcy. and neighbours admit there were signs that something was amiss. i never saw a scooter, i never saw a bike. i saw the infant maybe three times. maybe.
i never saw the infant again. how did they live when you saw them? they were always pale, like, abnormally pale. the children to look pale in pictures posted on facebook. here they are visiting disneyland. police say the siblings were so small they were shocked to discover that seven were actually adults. the eldest, 29. they are now being treated in hospital. they have gone through a very traumatic ordeal. i can tell you that they are very friendly. they are very cooperative. and i believe that there are hopeful that life will get better for them after this event. this quiet californian suburb is now under intense scrutiny. the authorities say they had no prior contact with the family. but neighbours are searching their souls, wondering if they could have saved the siblings sooner. as for david and louise turpin, they are now under arrest, charged with torture and child endangerment. theresa may has appointed a minister for loneliness to help tackle an issue facing an estimated
nine million people. former sports minister and chatham and aylesford mp tracey crouch has been given the role, which had been one of the recommendations made by thejo cox commission on loneliness. as well as the appointment, the prime minister said a cross—government strategy to find ways to stop people feeling lonely will be published later this year. a teacher from east london has gone on trial at the old bailey, accused of planning terrorist attacks on some of london's best—known landmarks. prosecutors say umar haque, seen here on the left, was inspired by the islamic state group. he denies the charges. abuthaher mamun and nadeen patel, who also appeared in court, also denied the charges against them. president macron of france has been on a visit to calais, where he's declared that he will not allow new migrant camps to be built. he was visiting ahead of talks with theresa may this week, when he's expected to ask britain to take in more migrants. lucy williamson has more.
once the uk was a magnet forjuma, today it was the french president. after months of camping around calais, the sudanese migrant has decided to apply for asylum in france. mr macron‘s government has promised a quicker welcome for those it accepts, a quicker rejection for those it refuses. juma is still waiting for his answer. so you are our president, not in front of you, but in my heart. but hundreds of migrants around calais are avoiding asylum centres like this in a bid to reach the uk illegally, and mr macron wants more help from theresa may in dealing with them. translation: we need to better manage the issue of isolated minors, reinforce police co—operation in calais, with the departure and transit countries and unblock funds for the calais region. i will raise these points with our british friends in 48 hours. despite big british investments in security, migrants continue to test border defences. this petrol station, its perimeterfence broken,
a new favourite for those trying to board lorries bound for the uk. we caught this man squeezing through before being caught by a police patrol. mr macron is due to talk to the prime minister on thursday about how to improve the joint management of the border here. france would like britain to take more migrants from calais and to pay more money towards security and border checks. mr macron has vowed to prevent another jungle taking root. police routinely demolish the small camps that cling on, but aid workers say that some here, including families, have reached the uk in the past few months. discomfort no match for that renewal of hope. lucy williamson, bbc news, calais. president trump has been advised to eat a lower fat diet and take more exercise, after a routine medical examination. but the white house doctor
ronnyjackson said the president was generally in excellent health, and had insisted on cognitive tests in which he performed well. drjackson said he expected mr trump to remain healthy for the duration of his presidency. i had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or he is, you know, neurologicalfunction, his cognitive ability or he is, you know, neurological function, so his cognitive ability or he is, you know, neurologicalfunction, so i was not going to do a cognitive exam, i had no intention of doing one. the reason we did a cognitive assessment is because the president asked me to do it. he came and said is there something we can do, a test 01’ some is there something we can do, a test or some type of screen we can do to assess my cognitive ability? the rate of inflation has fallen for the first time sincejune, mainly because of the impact of airfares. the rate dipped to 3% in december, down from november's 3.1%, which was a six—year high. the office for national statistics said that a drop in the price of toys and games also contributed to december‘s fall. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. it is the increase in the cost of
raw materials from abroad which has been the biggest factor driving inflation up but companies like this online maker of designer furniture what customers looking around the showroom is not to be made uncomfortable. so they have been trying to contain any price rises. 18 months after the brexit vote of the weak pound is still pushing up the weak pound is still pushing up the cost of imported goods like the furniture in this store. but retailers like this are in a highly competitive business. they want to grow sales so they don't want to pass on the full higher cost of what they are buying. it is a fact like that, competition, which have helped to curb the rise in the price of living. we hope that customers don't have to take on the additional cost. really important for us, affordable design. that is what we set up to do eight years ago and that is still releva nt to eight years ago and that is still relevant to our business so we would rather that hit the bottom line than pass it onto the customer. while
furniture prices were relatively stable, up 3.6 present, some goods rose faster like coffee and tea, up 11.196, rose faster like coffee and tea, up 11.1%, or electricity, which was up 11.496. 11.1%, or electricity, which was up 11.4%. so has inflation peaked? think it will get worse, yes. i think it will get worse. think it will get worse, yes. i think it will get worselj think it will get worse, yes. i think it will get worse. i literally by one head broccoli and it has gone from 2017 it was 39p and now it is 60p. when you get to checkout you just think, my goodness, that is significantly more and it isjust individually getting that bit more. the easing of inflation means that there is a little less pressure on there is a little less pressure on the bank of england to raise interest rates again at least for the next few months. even though the economy is relatively weak at the moment, we do have a tight labour market and some evidence of wages beginning to pick up a little and therefore it may be necessary for therefore it may be necessary for the bank of england to raise rates a little bit this year, potentially in the second half of this year. while
shoppers have been protected from the full effect of higher import prices the average wage is not keeping up with the cost of living. only if inflation slows down much more sharply will the squeeze on living standards loosen its grip. the four—time olympic champion gymnast, simone biles, has said she was sexually abused by the usa team doctor, larry nassar. in a tweet, simone biles described herself as one of many survivors, but said she had been reluctant to speak out until now. larry nassar was jailed last month for 60 years for possessing images of child sexual abuse, and is awaiting sentence for assaulting other athletes. that's a summary of the news. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight with evan davis. it's always risky to hire the cheapest builder. it's true of your new kitchen, and it's true for government contracts as well. is there a lesson there, after the death of the giant outsourcing contractor carillion? it's quite difficult for ministers
to go to parliament and say, oh, we've gone for a more expensive bid here, because we thought it was a better bid. 0utsourcing was loved by labour in power butjeremy corbyn says this crisis is a sign it has to go — we'll ask dame margaret hodge if she thinks it has much future. and this — hong kong football fans booing the chinese national anthem. has beijing stuck to its promise — made to us — to respect democracy after it took back hong kong? after 30 years, i'm not sure whether the british government still remember hong kong, and still remembers the promises that they have made. we hearfrom the new leader of the backbench tory brexiteers on whether we may be heading for a squidgy brexit. and the rise of the specialist cultural sensitivity editor. publishers are employing people just to sniff out anything in their books